All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.
—William Shakespeare, As You Like It (Act II, Scene VI)
Let me take a moment to wax poetic…
Spending 6 weeks in Morocco was like a movie, a Wes Anderson movie to be more precise. A little different and unorthodox, but utterly magnificent.
Mr. Andersons’ films force us to think outside of the box. To examine the world through a different lens and ask ourselves if everything is really as it seems. He exposes this hyper-vivid and sensitized type of scenery and beauty; something that I’m drawn to creating in my own work.
Walking through the streets of Tetouan I saw this sort of world every day. And this inspired me to create some of my most vivid and alluring pieces.
My fellow artists during this residency and the residents of Morocco I met along the way all “played their parts” encouraging, inspiring, sharing and exploring with me. They are a part of my story… my movie of Tetouan. Without them my canvas would be less filled in and missing the pieces that make it mine.
I may not of come into contact with a man riding a camel while wearing his Fez, but I saw, smelled, ate, touched and created things that are too amazing to fully wrap my head around… and isn’t that what Wes Anderson films are all about, taking you out of your comfort zone and exploring the extraordinary.